Thousands Demonstrate against Gay Marriage and Adoption
A nationwide demonstration against gay marriage and adoption took place Saturday in France. Another is scheduled for today (Sunday, November 18). Two separate demonstrations with somewhat different positions and points of view.
Saturday's rally, that brought out 70,000 people, according to police (200,000 according to the organizers), was called "La Manif pour tous" (The Rally for everyone), a parody of "Le Mariage pour tous" (Marriage for everyone), the popular name for the new bill drawn up by Minister of Justice Christiane Taubira that would legalize gay marriage and adoption.
The idea of the bill being that everybody has a right to marriage (and the idea of the rally being that everyone has a right to protest the bill). In essence, what it meant was that Saturday's rally was not limited to Catholics, but was open to anyone of any religion, as well as Communists, Socialists and gays themselves, who oppose the new bill.
The "Manif pour tous" was organized by a popular personality with the unlikely stage name of "Frigide Barjot". You can see why they call her a humorist.
Note: The new bill, if it becomes law, would apply only to civil, not religious, marriages. Many mayors have already indicated they will refuse to perform the marriage ceremony. Another reminder that in France you are not legally married unless and until you have gone before the mayor, or his associates.
The second demonstration, set for today, is sponsored by Civitas, a very traditionalist Catholic organization whose stated goal is to re-Christianize France.
Some Catholics attended Saturday's demonstration, others refused on grounds they did not want to march alongside imams and Bolsheviks, even if they agreed on this issue.
Catholic writer Thieulloy de Guillaume, writing at Les 4 Vérités, said that despite major reservations, he would attend both rallies:
"… who knows if this common struggle will not be an opportunity to bring about what we have ardently called for for many months: the union of the vital forces of French Catholicism? We seek first a victory in this political fight, to defend the family and the children, but God could very well grant us, in addition, full religious unity."
He makes it clear that he demonstrated on Saturday as a Catholic whose only adversary was the new bill, but that he feels much more comfortable with Sunday's Civitas rally.
Besides Paris, there were substantial turnouts in other cities: Toulouse (5,000), Nantes (4,500), Rennes (2,500), Lyon (between 22,000 and 29,000). A homosexual association called "Plus gay sans marriage" (More gay without marriage) and a Muslim group "Les Fils de France" (The Sons of France) also participated.
Le Parisien reports that between 6,000 and 8,000 persons demonstrated in Marseille, proving that there are more than just drug dealers in the beleaguered city. However, counter-demonstrators unfurled a banner that read:
"Your model of society is dead, welcome to Sodom and Gomorrha".
(They may not be far wrong.)
Below, mostly from Le Salon Beige, a sampling of many photos. See Le Parisien for a slide show.
Below, with the megaphone, Frigide Barjot.
Below, an interesting comment on parity. The Left always demands an equal number of women and men in any enterprise. The banner in the back says:
"Parity first in marriage."
Below, a staged marriage, a salute to tradition.
"One daddy, one mommy, you don't lie to children."
Below in Lyon:
"France, you're losing your mind. You're nothing but sheep."
At top, a view of the place Bellecour in Lyon, with Notre-Dame de Fourvière and the metal Fourvière Tower both visible in the background.
Update: November 19 - The above indication has been corrected. I thought the photo showed the Eiffel Tower in Paris. It is instead the place Bellecour in Lyon. Many thanks to Yves Daoudal for his correction.
All in all, a good day for France. Would that they demonstrated like this against Islam!
Now it's on to Sunday's rally and then the Big One on January 13.